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Should we ban building during the drought?

EconoMeter panel addresses that possible drought-control strategy

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, May 8, 2015

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: NO

Even severe droughts are common in Southern California’s arid climate. The state could accommodate the growing population by ensuring transportation and storage of water, but Sacramento did virtually nothing over the past three decades to serve increasing demand. Maintaining reliable water resources depends on adequate investment in delivery systems and greater storage capacity for reservoirs. Conservation and desalination can somewhat help mitigate demand. Curtailing construction would further exacerbate an underserved housing market and vulnerable economy.